"We were just in our zone and it's great to see when our team is like that", said Duke's R.J. Barrett, who had 26 points and was 6 for 10 on 3s. They are set to face No. 8 North Carolina Monday night in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Tar Heels (19-4, 9-1 ACC), along with Duke, sit in first place in the ACC standings.
They followed that up with a win over No. 25 Cincinnati to improve to 23-1.
It's hard to find fault in Bennett's plan, just as it wasn't when Notre Dame's Brey saw the Blue Devils hit nine of 16 while beating his Irish 83-61 back on January 28.
The Cavaliers' last gasp was at 66-61, but Marques Bolden overpowered Jay Huff in the paint for an easy layup before Zion Williamson spiked a De'Andre Hunter 3-point jumper into the stands. The Louisville Cardinals are averaging 78.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 68.5 points on 41.3 percent shooting.
I'll never apologize for having that team No. 1. After this win over Virginia, the gap between Duke and the rest of the country is even wider.
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Ty Jerome, who missed the Cavaliers' last game with a sore back, also had 16 points. But Williamson soared for an offensive rebound and then took a flawless dump-off pass on a Cam Reddish drive, rising for an emphatic slam that put Duke up 75-66 with 1:42 on the clock. Kentucky, which is on a 10-game winning streak, held at No. 5. Let's go through four of the top five teams in the most recent AP poll (Virginia's loss over the weekend evidently excludes the Cavaliers from this discussion for now).
With many marquee games this week, there sure will be a shake up in next week's Top-5, with the biggest decisions coming between Duke and Tennessee. Voters in the AP Top 25 stuck with Tennessee as their top team.
Gonzaga spent a couple weeks at No. 1 after defeating Duke to win the Maui Invitational, but slipped to No. 8 in mid December after falling to Tennessee and North Carolina. Only one other ACC team received a vote: Clemson (1). That could kill the Cavaliers' ACC title hopes, but all is not lost. That season, Duke went undefeated on the road in ACC play on its way to a 13-3 league record... Toussaint's bucket was the start of an 8-0 Virginia run with four-straight free throws from Willoughby giving the Cavaliers a 49-42 lead with 2:07 remaining. The Duke Blue Devils have won all five road games this season.
Duke's Cam Reddish sinks a three-pointer over Virginia's Kyle Guy on Saturday in Charlottesville.
Duke Away from CameronIn the Coach K era, Duke is 250-140 (.641) in true road games and 267-76 (.778) in neutral site games, for a combined mark of 517-216 (.704) in all games outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium... Duke swept the regular season series and dropped Virginia into second place in the ACC.